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It Doesn't Have to Look Old to be Historic: Worcester's Mid-20th Century "Dunroving" Neighborhood
Wednesday, April 30th
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"Save the Best to Last"
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Preservation Worcester is excited to have launched our Around the Common self-guided walking tour.
Preservation Worcester and the Worcester Public Library developed a walking tour of City Hall, Worcester Common, and the area surrounding the Common, which highlights the history and architecture of the Common and the heart of downtown.
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Our innovative self-guided walking tour is accessible in an audio version on smart phones, and is available in a printable version through our website. Historical markers with QR tags are placed throughout the Common providing immediate smart phone access to the tour.
Buildings and monuments on and around the Worcester Common tell the story of the city’s history from its establishment as a town in 1722 to the present. The tour will share the story of Worcester and its people, its past and present, and how over time government, religion, commerce and community have shaped the heart of the city.
Photograph of Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building taken January 7, 2014
Watch the progress and join us in celebrating the restoration of the Fire Alarm and Telegraph Building. Work is underway. When restored, the building will house Spencer Bank, and Preservation Worcester will oversee a Community Room on the first floor.
Preservation Worcester is proud to be a part of this unique public/private partnership with Spencer Bank, the City of Worcester, and the Friends of Newton Hill that preserves, restores and brings life to the historic Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building, that allows public access to the structure, that minimizes impact on Elm Park and Newton Hill, that enhances access to the trails at Newton Hill and that importantly provides an economic development benefit for the city.
Highly visible, long vacant and subject to deferred maintenance, the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building was a cause of grave concern to Preservation Worcester. It has appeared on our annual Most Endangered Structures List more than any other property in the city (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.) Built from 1925-1926, the late Gothic Revival building was designed by prominent Worcester architect Lucius W. Briggs. It was built as a public building, and its solid design in a bucolic setting has been enjoyed by the public over the years.
Our goal is to bring life to buildings. Rather than standing idle, our desire is to have buildings used and maintained. Finding new life for this structure was particularly challenging because it is located in a park, needed parking to be viable, had been vacant for many years, and required an extensive regulatory and public vetting process.
We are especially grateful to The Fletcher Foundation, The George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation and The Stoddard Charitable Trust who generously supported the Community Room. Thank you.
We are pleased that the iconic Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building which has been enjoyed and treasured by Worcester residents since it was built in 1925 will be restored and that its distinguished design will be enjoyed by generations to come.
The mission of Preservation Worcester is to preserve for future generations the sites and structures which are significant to the culture, history, and architecture of the city and to encourage excellence in future design.
Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which represent the culture, history, and architecture of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Preservation Worcester believes that protecting the best of Worcester’s architectural heritage and promoting good design encourages community pride and identity.
To further its goals, Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools, and state and local historical commissions.